Teknolust (2002)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  26 October 2010 (USA)
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Anxious to use artificial life to improve the world, Rosetta Stone, a bio-geneticist creates a Recipe for Cyborgs and uses her own DNA in order to breed three Self Replicating Automatons, ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rosetta / Ruby / Marinne / Olive
Agent Hopper
John O'Keefe ...
Professor Crick
Dirty Dick
Dr. Bea
S.U. Violet ...
Dr. Aye
Josh Kornbluth ...
Howard Swain ...
Hair Dresser
Abigail Van Alyn ...
Sandy's Mom
Dick Bright ...
Nathan (as Brad King)


Anxious to use artificial life to improve the world, Rosetta Stone, a bio-geneticist creates a Recipe for Cyborgs and uses her own DNA in order to breed three Self Replicating Automatons, part human, part computer named Ruby, Olive and Marine. The SRA's act as 'portals' on the Internet, helping users to fulfill their dreams. The SRA's are nourished through touch. Because they were bred only with Rosetta's DNA, they need the balance of an Y chromo or male sperm to survive. Rosetta projects seduction scenes from movie clips onto Ruby, which absorbs as she sleeps. The SRA'S can not distinguish dreams from reality. Ruby acts out these scenes in real life with the men and shares her spoils with her sisters. However, Ruby's encounters suffer from impotence and unexplained rashes. Fearing a bio-gender war, the FBI sends in Agent Edward Hopper to solve the mystery. Puzzled, he turns for help from a private cyber detective. The men recover. Ruby falls in love and becomes impregnated by Sandy, ... Written by wayne@wildstrawberryfilms.com

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26 October 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Desejos Virtuais  »

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$9,475 (USA) (22 August 2003)


$28,811 (USA) (3 October 2003)

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The car that Rosseta drives is an electrical version of a Corbin Sparrow, of manufacturer Myers Motors. See more »

Crazy Credits

While the credits run, Rosetta acts as a substitute for Ruby in the latter's internet portal and shares some thoughts and findings. See more »


References Chinatown (1974) See more »

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A Great Showcase For The Talent of Tilda Swinton
17 July 2005 | by (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) – See all my reviews

TEKNOLUST (3 outta 5 stars) Reading a synopsis of this movie you'd think it was some strange-sounding porno... or a wacky comedy. A lonely, nerdy female scientist replicates herself into a trio of cybernetic copies. In order to live, these "clones" need regular doses of male chromosomes, found only in male sperm. So the eldest copy goes out into the world, collecting samples for the sustenance of her and her "sisters". Yes, this definitely sounds like something that came out of the imagination of some sex-starved sci-fi nerd. Except... that the film was actually written and directed by a woman. So there is plenty of "subtext" and "symbolism" to "legitimize" a plot that sounds like it was dreamed up in "Letters to Penthouse". Tilda Swinton is the main reason to watch this movie... she plays the scientist and the three copies and she does a great job of making each one of them a different character. Also there is one wacky scene where the three "sisters" are doing some weird interpretive dance (all on screen at the same time) that is just sublime! Unfortunately, except for Swinton, the acting is pretty awful. Actually, Jeremy Davies is okay playing a lovelorn copy guy who falls in love with one of the copies but all he really gets to do is make cute puppy eyes at Tilda. For a comedy... the tone of this movie seems awfully sombre at times. A quicker pace and some livelier dialogue might have helped this movie become a classic. As it is, it's an okay movie enlivened by the talent of Tilda Swinton.

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